BTN.com staff, April 22, 2012
With the wind howling in Sunday in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, Northwestern showed its power prowess with a pair of deep home runs and seven total extra base hits that aided an 8-3 Wildcats' win at the IU Softball Field. In the second game, it was all Indiana en route to an 11-3 win in six innings. The win gave Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs, matching a season high. Watch our highlights from the Northwestern-Indiana doubleheader now and get our Sunday softball roundup in this post.
OHIO STATE 4, NEBRASKA 0
Sophomore Melanie Nichols led the Ohio State softball team to a 4-0 victory vs. Nebraska Sunday after throwing a three-hit, complete-game shutout at Buckeye Field. The native of San Jacinto, Calif., Nichols threw seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Read full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
IOWA 4, MICHIGAN STATE 1
The University of Iowa softball team closed out the three-game sweep at Michigan State, downing the Spartans, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Secchia Stadium. It is the Hawkeyes' second Big Ten Conference sweep and second consecutive series win this season. Read full recap at HawkeyeSports.com.
WISCONSIN 9, PENN STATE 0
Four runs in the first inning led to a big win for the Wisconsin softball team on Sunday at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers shut out Penn State 9-0 to sweep the Big Ten Conference series. Read full recap at UWBadgers.com.